Harsh: Europe’s cannabis died just as the first farmers arrived

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Matias Planas matiplanas / Alamy Stock Photo Cannabis – the source of the drug marijuana – grew wild across Europe at the end of the Stone Age, but by the time early farmers reached the continent it was vanishing. It seems Europe’s first farmers just missed out on the opportunity to cultivate cannabis and reap its benefits – including its mind-bending properties. Researchers often use ancient pollen from archaeological deposits to work out which plants once grew in a place. However, it’s difficult to do this for cannabis, because its pollen To continue reading this premium article, subscribe for unlimited access. Existing subscribers, please log in with your email address to link your account access. Inclusive of applicable taxes (VAT) Free book How to Be Human is only available with annual App + Web and Print + App + Web subscription purchases where subscription delivery is in the United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Euro area. Harsh: Europe’s cannabis died just as the first farmers arrived

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